International Day of
Statement at the beginning
of the morning general debate
on Friday, 20 September 2002
by its resolution 55/282, the General Assembly
decided that, with effect from the fifty-seventh session of
the General Assembly, the International Day of Peace shall be
observed every year on 21 September. By the same resolution,
the General Assembly declared the International Day of Peace
as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence and invited all
nations and people to commemorate the day by honouring a 24-hour
cessation of hostilities and through, inter alia, education
and public awareness.
For the past two decades the United Nations has
been commemorating the International Day of Peace. By adopting
the above mentioned resolution, however, the General Assembly
not only set a firm date for the observation of the International
Day of Peace, but it also provided the forum in which the International
Day of Peace could have a global reach and a practical impact.
In this way, I believe, the decision adopted by the 55th General
Assembly has strengthened the significance of the Day, a significance
which should even grow in coming years.